Melodic refrains and languid synth movements counterpoint effervescent House beats and atmospheric pads in Alexander deQwest’s edition of the Æmix. Including everything from sultry vocal hooks to spiralling guitars the musical tapestry deQwest weaves through his selections are dense, diverse and engaging, negating functionality for the beauty of the form. deQwest brings a wealth of his experience to the booth with tracks that flit between House and Disco with a deeper intention, and presents us with one of the most technically precise mixes we’ve ever encountered.
This Æmix is certainly a bit of a special one, with deQwest coming out of DJ hibernation, just to do this mix, the elder statesman of Norwegian House, showing that he certainly hasn’t lost his touch, and finding that very rare balance between the performance and the perfunctory that only a practical knowledge like his can bring. The mixes are flawless, and deQwest displays some innovative ways of bringing tracks together. He displays the efficiency and detail of surgeon, without perpetuating a bland functionalism through his selections. Featuring a host of new releases and tracks spanning the broad kaleidoscope of the dance floor, deQwest’s Jæger mix rehabilitate’s us to this short week ahead before, while his accompanying Q&A gives us a deeper insight into the mind of this DJ.
Give us an introduction.
I am deQwest (aka Alexander Sylte) born 1976 in Molde. I grew up in Kongsberg, where I started djing in 1989 before being discovered by a UK-agent in 92, as the youngest DJ on the rooster by a ten year margin. I’ve been working in Oslo since 1993 with my first international gig also in that year. I’ve played in US, UK, Europe and Africa, from venues like Nikki Beach in Miami to Warehouse Parties in London onto underground venues in Eastern Europe. At least 10 of the 25+ years DJing, I’ve spent as full-time touring DJing.